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19 Wonderful Alternative Ways To Explore Britain

The beaten track is boring.

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5. Play detective in London.

Jon Wilkes

Part murder mystery, part treasure hunt, part accidental pub crawl, A Door in a Wall run London adventures with a team of actors poised with clues and drama to entertain as you play detective.

8. Unmask a hidden city in York.


Hidden City run treasure hunts across York, London, Brighton and Manchester. You're guided by text message clues so you can do your chosen treasure hunt whenever you like and stop for a cuppa along the way.

10. Peel back the layers of Edinburgh's history.


Historian Eleanor M Harris has created Layers of Edinburgh, a map that goes much deeper than its beautiful illustrations. There are quotations, historical facts and information about the city's nature and architecture and there's even a walking tour. The detail is incredible.

11. Discover a fictional London.


Curiocity are all about sharing London's secrets with curious people. Fictional London is the latest addition to their collection and shares tales from Sherlock Holmes, Paddington Bear and London's finest writers.

12. Whizz around Belfast on a Segway.


The Segway Titanic tour is the only segway city tour in the UK and if you can stay upright on your two wheeled transport, it'll take you all over Belfast's Titanic quarter.

15. Discover a hidden gem in Birmingham.


It's thought that over 40% of jewellery in the UK is made in Birmingham's jewellery quarter. Alternative Tours offer bespoke tours of the area. Save some money for something sparkly.

17. Go underground in Brighton.

Ed Robinson

Hard hats at the ready, the Brighton Sewer Tour takes you underground for a Victorian adventure. It's the only place in the UK where you can explore the sewer system and you'll see a snippet of the 30 miles of tunnels, some big enough to fit a double decker bus.

19. And don't forget to send a postcard!


Instead of buying a boring postcard, Beatriz Sanches' My London for You Postcards are a beautiful and surprising look at the city (yes, we really do put vinegar on our chips). Buy them from London's most exciting souvenir shop, We Built This City.

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